Author: East Texas Review

Senate Confirms Andy Oldham to 5th Circuit Vacancy

‘Because of his background and experience, Andy has earned bipartisan support, receiving recommendations from the General Counsel to the Obama Foundation as well as the Texas Attorney General’s office.’   ‘This is exactly the type of judge we should want serving on our courts, someone who is impartial, not someone who will push for a particular ideology or political agenda on the bench. And I believe Andy will follow this philosophy of impartially and fairly administering the law.’      U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) praised Andy Oldham’s credentials today on the Senate floor in advance of the vote for his confirmation to serve as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s floor remarks are below.   “Andy will join two other judges that we’ve already confirmed to the Fifth Circuit earlier this year: Don Willett, a former member of the Texas Supreme Court, and Jim Ho, my former chief counsel and somebody with impeccable legal credentials, who are now already on the Fifth Circuit, and I’m delighted that Andy Oldham will be joining them.”   “While he was at UVA, he helped found an advocacy group to prevent sexual assault. His group was particularly focused on educating young men on their responsibilities when it comes to sexual violence.”   “Because of his background and experience, Andy has earned bipartisan...

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Smith County Approves New Extension Agent

Smith County will be getting a new extension agent this summer. The Smith County Commissioners Court voted to approve Claudann Jones to fill the position of Smith County Extension Agent for Family and Community Health, which was left vacant when longtime agent Patrice Dunigan retired. Since 2013, Mrs. Jones has served as the Nacogdoches County Extension Agent for Family and Community Health for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and will begin working in Smith County on August 1. “I am excited about the opportunity to transfer into Smith County as the Family and Community Health Agent,” Mrs. Jones...

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Texas Prepaid Tuition Program Enrollment Deadline Approaches

Texas families have until midnight on July 31 to enroll their newborns in the Texas Tuition Promise Fund® and pay this year’s rates for all or some future tuition and schoolwide required fees at Texas public colleges and universities. Newborns are children younger than 1 year old at the time of enrollment. Under the Texas Tuition Promise Fund, the state’s prepaid college tuition program, participants can purchase tuition units and lock in future costs of tuition and schoolwide required fees at Texas public colleges and universities based on today’s prices. Enrollment at 2017-18 prices closed on Feb. 28 for...

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Cornyn: Democrats’ Push to Abolish ICE Irresponsible, Naïve

‘Any sensible person would tell you that eliminating ICE is reckless, which is why I recently introduced a resolution with fourteen of our colleagues denouncing these radical calls in the strongest of terms.’   ‘Abolishing ICE would mean ending all of the agencies’ programs and functions. It would mean allowing dangerous criminals, including potential terrorists who are in our country to remain here. It would mean scrapping the ICE cybercrime center’s investigation of child exploitation online. It would mean ending the ICE Blue Campaign to rescue human trafficking victims and provide them with a safe place to stay and other services.’     U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed Democrats’ irresponsible movement to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and a resolution he introduced to support ICE agents for their work to keep our communities safe.  Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s floor remarks are below.   “The House Democrats have introduced legislation to eliminate ICE. Of course, any sensible person would tell you that eliminating ICE is reckless, which is why I recently introduced a resolution with fourteen of our colleagues denouncing these radical calls in the strongest of terms. This is just reckless and naive, this Abolish ICE movement. It’s a move that would be fundamentally irresponsible and based on one recent poll, close to 70% of the American people when asked about it opposed the idea, and for...

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Sen. Cruz: ‘From Our Universities to Our Technology Sector, Texas Is Ready to Partner With the U.S. Army and Propel the Force Into the Future’

The U.S. Army announced that Austin, Texas has been selected as the host for the new Army Futures Command (AFC) on Friday. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the leading advocate for Texas to host the new Army Futures Command, penned a letter to Under Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy, and a letter to Secretary of the Army Mark Esper advocating for the Army’s expansion into Texas. The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce thanked Sen. Cruz and members of the Texas Congressional delegation for their efforts on behalf of Texas. As part of the largest Army reorganization in 45 years, the AFC will: help the...

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